It was the mid-1960s, and Kristofferson was “a janitor at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville at the time,” explained. “I didn’t talk to anybody in there, because songwriters weren’t allowed to be in the sessions back then.”
“The first couple people didn’t like it and we were sitting on the edge of our seats,” Gary LeVox told Radio.com.
“I had three or four family members that live in the Memphis area call me immediately,” he recalled. “That would have had to be my first cell phone so I was already breaking the law by talking on my cell phone, driving. But it was an exciting moment.”
“I went crazy! I got so excited, I was jumpin’ around, I called my mom. ‘Yo, I’m on the radio! I’m on the radio!’”
With Antonoff accustomed to hearing himself on the airwaves, his earliest memory of hearing one of his own songs on the radio stretched all the way back to his teenage years.
“I heard the first few licks of the song and I didn’t know how it would affect me. I’m not always super emotional. When I heard the first part of the song I just started bawling my eyes out.”
“I remember the first moment my song was on the radio so well,” Perri told Radio.com. “It is probably one of my favorite stories till this day.”
“My mom stood up and started dancing around the table. I couldn’t believe that that was actually my song on the radio.”
“There’s something magical about somebody else endorsing your music that way, believing in you like that.”
The first time T-Pain heard his song on the radio, he was dreaming. Not in some “OMG, it’s all coming true” kind of way, but actually dreaming.
“I think it was ‘Pints of Guinness Make You Strong’ off our first record, recalled ‘Grace.’ It was in our first touring van, which was a Dodge Ram.”
“I was about 18 or 19. It was a guy called Steve Lamacq,” Bellamy recalled. “I was in London with my girlfriend at the time. She was studying art at some art college in London. I was staying in her sort of like squat flat with a bunch of flatmates.”
“That’s the most mind-blowing thing in the world to me. You can go out there and have a song that can touch somebody like that on the radio. That’s really cool and to be able to hear it for the first time was a special moment.”
Radio Feedback: Gavin DeGraw Explains the Relationship Between ‘Follow Through’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’
In a conversation with Radio.com, DeGraw explains the first time he heard one of his songs on on the radio…and what that experience has to do with “The Breakfast Club.”
Kings of Leon recently sat down with KROQ (a Radio.com station) where they reminisced about the very first time they heard their song on the radio.